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The Ticker: Vega’s Story, Rosie’s Return, Sherman’s Book

  • ABC’s Cecilia Vega, reporting on the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, told her own personal story about her father Raul. “He was a heroin addict before I was born. He was a heroin addict when I was a child. And ultimately, it got the best of him.”

  • Rosie O’Donnell returns to “The View,” tomorrow. The episode, which has already been taped, includes a declaration even Rosie thought she would never make, teases ABC. Rosie left “The View” in 2007.

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Shots Fired at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

Fox News was the first to report the news at 12:42pmET. CNN was next at 12:44pmET and  MSNBC followed at 12:46pmET. For the first several minutes, both Fox and CNN focused on the terminal’s evacuation and “reports” of shots, while MSNBC’s Alex Wagner reported there was an “active shooter at Terminal 3,” sourcing a senior government official.

>More: ABC News’ David Muir anchored a special report starting at 1:05pmET. NBC and CBS both produced a special reports beginning at 1:13pmET. Lester Holt anchored for NBC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS. Muir went on the air with a second special report at 1:52pmET.

>More: The business networks are also reporting on the shooting.  CNBC and FBN both reported the news at 12:47pmET and Bloomberg TV was next at 12:55pmET.

>More: Shepard Smith has taken over anchoring FNC’s coverage from the Fox News Deck. Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter, who was an eyewitness to the shooting, told Smith, “I called my wife to tell her goodbye, perhaps, and certainly tell her that I loved her and our kids. I think someone asked me to get off the phone and be quiet. People were screaming. A short time later, I don’t know how long — time sort of both sped up and slowed down — we pushed our way through an exit door, ran onto the tarmac.” Read more

Do News Correspondents Lose Trust with Viewers When They Turn Up in Primetime?

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Last night, ABC News LA correspondent Cecilia Vega (above, left) played a White House correspondent on the hit ABC show “Scandal.” Vega was one of several people playing White House reporters reporting on, a scandal, presumably.

Last Friday night, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell (above, right) played herself on the CBS series “Blue Bloods.” That scene was even shot in the CTM studio. “Blue Bloods” is set in and filmed in New York City.

The “Today” team has also turned up on NBC’s new “Michael J. Fox Show.” In that series, Fox plays a local news reporter.

Brian Williams went on “30 Rock,” playing himself, numerous times. Feature films often rely on real reporters — sometimes retired, sometimes still active — to play reporters. Lester Holt, now with NBC News, then with WBBM in Chicago, famously asked “How many one-armed men are there around here?” in “The Fugitive.”

The networks tell us there’s no set policy here, but that each request is looked at, and, so long as the reputation of the news organization isn’t at risk, the green light is usually given.

And on the flip side of this, an actor is about to become a cable news host.

But what do you think? Do news correspondents lose trust with viewers when they turn up on entertainment shows?

Cable, Broadcast Networks Cover San Francisco Plane Crash

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon. The flight originated in Seoul, South Korea.

Fox News reported on the crash at the top of the 3 p.m. hour of “America’s News Headquarters,” with Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers anchoring. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield was next at 3:07 p.m. MSNBC reported on the crash at 3:08 p.m., with Craig Melvin anchoring.

ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m.

“All of a sudden, I saw the back tail hit the grounds and I saw the smoke and flames,” a witness told Muir. “It looked like it slid and then both tires were coming out … it happened so fast. I was shaking.”

> More: The cable networks are planning extended coverage in primetime. Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren will anchor a two-hour special from 9-11pmET.

>More: Fox News will have an extended “Fox Report” from 7-9pmET. After Van Susteren’s special, Marianne Rafferty and Rick Folbaum will anchor from 11pm-1amET. “Fox & Friends First” will begin at 5amET tomorrow morning.

>More: ABC News has assigned Cecilia Vega and David Wright to the story. They will report across all platforms for ABC.

Was CNN Too Cautious in Reporting Rulings? Gavin Newsom Thinks So

While court-watchers awaited the Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage, the networks had correspondents in different parts of the country gathering reaction to those affected by the rulings. ABC News had Cecilia Vega at San Francisco City Hall where hundreds of people gathered to hear the ruling on that state’s Prop 8. But TV monitors were tuned to CNN which, as we have been reporting, has been very cautious — some might say late — in getting to the news of the rulings this week.

At 10:26, ABC News reported that the Prop 8 ruling effectively meant that same-sex marriages could resume in the state.

When George Stephanopoulos went to Vega and asked, “What’s the reaction?,” there wasn’t any. “It still hasn’t been announced here on this screen, so you will see it, if you stay with us any second I’m sure,” said Vega.

Five minutes later — an eternity in breaking news coverage — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ex-husband of Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, came on for an interview, saying, “George, we’re just literally a second away from this crowd about to erupt.”

They didn’t. So a minute later her added, “They’re all watching a network, not to be named, George. And for whatever reason there’s a delay.”

Another five minutes went by. Stephanopoulos interviewed Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and checked-in with Terry Moran at the Supreme Court, before wrapping up ABC’s coverage with the much-promised eruption in San Francisco, which by then, wasn’t much of an eruption at all.

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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Networks Up Early For Pope Francis’ Inaugural Mass

Pope Francis marked the start of his papacy with an inaugural mass at the Vatican this morning. The cable and broadcast networks that had special reports anchored coverage of the event, which began around 4:30amET, from New York.

CNN covered the mass during an expanded version of “Early Start,” with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin anchoring beginning at 3:30amET. Fox News’ special report, anchored by Shepard Smith, began at 4:20amET. Chris Jansing anchored on MSNBC beginning at 4:30amET.

On the broadcast networks, ABC’s Terry Moran anchored beginning at 3:51amET. Cecilia Vega and Ron Claiborne reported from Vatican City. On NBC, Savannah Guthrie anchored beginning at 4:31amET, with Keir Simmons in Vatican City. CBS News did not air a special report, but correspondent Vinita Nair did live shots from St. Peter’s Square for the network’s affiliates during the inaugural mass. CBS also streamed the ceremony live on its website.

 

Papal Conclave Coverage: Broadcast and Cable Networks

The conclave to elect the next Pope will begin Tuesday after morning mass. Here’s what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for coverage.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will broadcast “World News” from the Vatican beginning this evening. Sawyer is joined in Rome by Terry Moran, Josh Elliott, David Wright, Cokie Roberts, Rob Claiborne and Cecilia Vega. The network plans to broadcast special reports for the cardinals’ twice-daily votes.

CBS’ Scott Pelley will also be live from Vatican City starting today. Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose will host “CBS This Morning” live from Vatican City, with CBS News correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips contributing to coverage.

Chris Jansing and Lester Holt will lead coverage for NBC News and MSNBC from Rome.  Anne Thompson, Keir Simmons, Claudio Lavangna and George Weigel will also contribute to NBC-MSNBC coverage. Both networks will provide special reports for the cardinals votes. Jansing and Holt also led coverage of the last papal conclave in 2005, which Jansing talks about in a lengthy Q&A with Inside Cable News.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith will anchor from Rome. He will be joined by correspondents Amy Kellogg and Lauren Green to cover the conclave. Bryan Llenas will be reporting for Fox News Latino.

Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage from Rome. Ben Wedeman, Miguel Marquez, Dan Rivers and Becky Anderson will report, along with CNN en Español’s Adriana Hauser and Jose Levy. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen will also contribute to coverage.

Cable Networks Turn Attention to Christopher Dorner Shootout in Los Angeles

About midway through the 4pmET hour, all three cable news networks pivoted to Los Angeles, where murder suspect Christopher Dorner engaged in a gunfight with police.

During “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Fox News had Trace Gallagher reporting on the phone from Los Angeles. Gallagher is currently anchoring from FNC’s L.A. bureau, preempting “The Five.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo are anchoring CNN’s coverage, with reporters Casey Wian and Chris Welch. CNN is using aerial footage from its affiliates on a delay.

Chris Matthews is anchoring for MSNBC, with John Yang contributing from Los Angeles.

ABC News and NBC News also aired special reports around 5pmET. Bill Weir anchored on ABC, with Pierre Thomas and Cecilia Vega contributing; Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Yang contributing from LA.

On the local front, Carter Evans, the husband of former Fox News Channel reporter Courtney Friel, was covering the shootout for KCBS in Los Angeles. TVSpy has the video.

ABC News Cameraman Robbed at Gun Point in Mexico

U.S. network news correspondents are in Mexico covering Sunday’s presidential election, which is still not settled. The top vote getter, Enrique Pena Nieto, has claimed victory while the runner-up, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has not yet conceded citing irregularities.

Univision’s Mexican-born anchor Jorge Ramos told ABC News the three most important issues for voters have been: “Violence, violence, and violence.”

That violence came a little too close for comfort for an ABC News cameramen who was robbed at gun point. Last night at the end of her report on “World News,” correspondent Cecilia Vega said, “that fear you heard of is everywhere. Even our cameraman was robbed at gun point on the night that we arrived. He is fine, thankfully, but it shows just how dangerous life here can be here and how much things need to change.”

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